From: Jerome Clark <jkclark.nul> Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 10:44:11 -0600 Archived: Thu, 03 Feb 2011 12:23:21 -0500 Subject: Re: 'Standard Abduction Experience >From: Nigel Watson <nigelwatson1.nul> >To: post.nul >Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 15:25:23 +0000 >Subject: Re: 'Standard Abduction Experience' >>From: Ray Dickenson <r.dickenson.nul> >>To: <post.nul> >>Date: Thu, 3 Feb 2011 13:50:52 -0000 >>Subject: 'Standard Abduction Experience'[Was: Hopkins & Jacobs] >>>From: Steven Kaeser <steve.nul> >>>To: <post.nul> >>>Date: Wed, 2 Feb 2011 12:21:33 -0500 >>>Subject: Re: Hopkins & Jacobs >>>I believe there is a "standard" experience that researchers have >>>identified, and that's part of the mystery. My understanding is >>>that there are un-publicized "markers" that researchers look for >>>to verify certain aspects of an alleged experience. This is >>>similar to police investigations where they don't give all the >>>facts to the press. ><snip> >I think the the standard abduction structure has been shaped and >created by the abductionists. In common with a broad range of experience anomalies, abduction phenomena have both general similarities and specific differences. (I was personally investigating abduction reports in the 1970s, before abductions became the big deal they would be over the next two decades, and learned this - and much else - quite early on.) As an overall proposition, the notion expressed in the sentence above doesn't appear to be true, as Eddie Bullard has demonstrated in his outstanding work on the phenomenology of the experience. Still, there are, no doubt, occasional exceptions. Besides Bullard's papers, among the best assessments of the phenomenon - devoid of the polemics that ordinarily define the debate on both sides or that rely upon lazy demonization of investigators - is psychologist Stuart Appelle's scholarly overview The Abduction Experience: A Critical Evaluation Of Theory and Evidence (Journal of UFO Studies n.s. 6, 1995/1996): 29-78. After a searching examination of the strengths and weaknesses of all proposed solutions (prosaic and extraordinary) Appelle concludes that no theory thus far proposed is without grave problems. In a wonderfully thoughtful, nuanced, but overlooked short essay (Awakening Paralyzed In The Presence Of A Strange 'Visitor', Alien Discussions: Proceedings of the Abduction Study Conference, 1992: 348-53), behavioral scientist/folklorist David J. Hufford acknowledges the deeply anomalous nature of the abduction phenomenon (opening with a strange and puzzling case treated by a psychiatrist colleague, not an "abductionist") while criticizing narrow, theory-driven approaches. He writes: "Much abduction theory, at present, is _way_ out in front of its data, and its data collection and analysis are suffering as a result. Adequate theory development regarding abduction experiences will require rigorous phenomenological inquiry in which the distinctions among observation, interpretation and language are made and empirically supported... Good theory will also require an openness to the possible relationships of abduction sequences and other anomalous experiences, a connection frequently emphasized by abductees themselves but strongly resisted by many investigators... Unfortunately the political divisions current within the abduction research community _greatly_ increase the noise in the signal we are attempting to understand, and they motivate hasty theory development. Methodological and theoretical sophistication require serious literature review and interdisciplinary breadth - values which _many_ UFO researchers do exemplify. Theoretical narrowness and exclusivity are always damaging... If we are as narrow and dogmatic as the debunkers, our conclusions will be just as mistaken as theirs." My own view, probably something like Hufford's though arrived at independently, is that abduction phenomena are unrelated to the core UFO phenomenon (i.e., CE2s, radar/visuals) in any epistemological sense. The only link is a superficial one of appearances. For how this apparently works, I refer Listfolk to my various writings on experience anomalies vs. anomalous events. Jerry Clark Listen to 'Strange Days... Indeed' - The PodCast At: http://www.virtuallystrange.net/ufo/sdi/program/ These contents above are copyright of the author and UFO UpDates - Toronto. They may not be reproduced without the express permission of both parties and are intended for educational use only.
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